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20 kilometres Walk, Men

Date31 August 1972 — 15:45
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants24 from 12 countries

The favorites were the two Soviet medalists from 1972, Volodymyr Holubnychiy and Nikolay Smaga, the 1971 European Champion, and the GDR’s Peter Frenkel and Hans-Georg Reimann, the Lugano Trophy champion in 1970 (and again in 1973). Frenkel and Reimann set the pace through 10 km., with Holubnychiy close. Frenkel was just too strong and pulled away from both Reimann and Holubnychiy. Holubnychiy got away from Reimann at 18 km. and won his fourth consecutive medal in this event – two golds, one silver, and one bronze.

PosNrWalkerNOCTimeWarnings
1326Peter FrenkelGDR1-26:42.4ORGold
2935Vladimir GolubnichyURS1-26:55.2Silver
3339Hans-Georg ReimannGDR1-27:16.6Bronze
4348Gerhard SperlingGDR1-27:55.0
5959Nikolay SmagaURS1-28:16.6
6301Paul NihillGBR1-28:44.4
7735Jan OrnochPOL1-32:01.6
8537Vittorio VisiniITA1-32:30.0
9644José OliverosMEX1-32:40.6
101035Larry YoungUSA1-32:53.4
11684Jan RolstadNOR1-33:03.2
12637Pedro ArocheMEX1-33:05.0
13383Heinz MayrFRG1-33:13.8
14283Phil EmbletonGBR1-33:22.2
15981Tom DooleyUSA1-34:58.8
16409Wilfried WeschFRG1-35:20.6
17299Peter MarlowGBR1-35:38.8
18605Charel SowaLUX1-36:23.8
19995Goetz KlopferUSA1-38:33.6
20192Hunde ToureETH1-43:11.6
21652José Esteban ValleNCA1-45:09.4
22638Ismael ÁvilaMEX1-45:45.4
AC372Bernd KannenbergFRGDNF
AC939Yevgeny IvchenkoURSDQ
DNS715Tadeusz GorzechowskiPOL
DNS525Fernando IelliITA
DNS78Aram LevonianBUL
DNS502Oscar BarlettaITA
DNS453János DalmatiHUN
DNS459Antal KissHUN
DNS496Shaul LadanyISR
DNS682Kjell LundNOR
DNS838Daniel BjörkgrenSWE
DNS849Stefan IngvarssonSWE
DNS855Hans TenggrenSWE